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Alternative Spellings

luftmentsh, luftmentsch, luft-mentsh


  • "an impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income" (Merriam-Webster)

Example Sentences

  • "'Yiddish teacher' is a luftmentsh job," said the Yiddish professor.

Languages of Origin



לופֿטמענטש luftmentsh 'lit. man of the air, a person without a definite occupation or practical skills'

Who Uses This

Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).


Plural luftmentschen / luftmentshn

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